MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos announced the addition of 21 student-athletes to the Chippewas’ football program on Wednesday.
"We are excited to welcome the 2013 recruiting class to the Chippewa family,” said Enos. “It is a group of gifted, high character, and hard-working individuals that will contribute to our program on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community. This day is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our staff and I want to thank them for their time and effort."
The class includes 14 student-athletes who hail from the state of Michigan. Twelve of those players appeared in the Detroit Free Press Fab 50, while 11 were recognized on the Detroit News Blue Chip list. A total of nine were selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game.
Broken down by position, the class is composed of five offensive linemen, four wide receivers, three defensive linemen and defensive backs, and one quarterback, running back, tight end, linebacker, punter/kicker, and “athlete.”
Twelve members of the recruiting class maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0, while 19 of the 21 helped lead their teams to championships and/or playoff appearances during their high school careers.
Central Michigan Football 2013 Recruiting Class
||QB||6-2||190||Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan HS
|Mark Chapman||WR||6-0||180||Port Huron, Mich/Port Huron HS||Ryan Mullin|
|Eric Cooper||WR||5-11||177||Flint, Mich./Beecher HS||Courtney Hawkins|
|Matt Cotiguala||P/K||5-10||180||LaGrange, Ill./College of DuPage||Gary Thomas/Kurt Weinberg|
|Alex Coty||OL||6-4||280||South Bend, Ind./Clay HS||Joe Szajko|
|Josh Cox||DB||5-11||195||Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate HS||Paul Verska|
|Zach Crouch||TE||6-5||230||Lowell, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS||Don Fellows|
|Austin Doan||OL||6-4||290||Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS||Curt Reinas/Jason Couch|
|Derek Edwards||OL||6-5||275||Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS||Tom Mach|
|Jack Ford||OL||6-6||280||Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS||Jim Webb|
|Gary Jones||ATH||6-2||200||Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS||Tony Danzig|
|Chris Kantzavelos||DE||6-3||265||Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett HS||Tom Meaney|
|Donny Kyre||DE||6-2||250||Olivet, Mich./Olivet HS||Dean Peters|
|Derrick Nash||RB||5-10||195||Saginaw, Mich./Carrollton HS||Greg Wasmer|
|Joe Ostman||LB||6-3||235||St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS||Marty Spencer|
|Jeff Perry||DB||6-2||227||Morris, Ill./Morris HS||Alan Thorson|
|J.P. Quinn||OL||6-4||270||Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley HS||Bill Ellinghaus|
|Michael Steinhauer||DT||6-3||275||Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea HS||Brad Bush|
|Wesley Thomas||WR||6-0||195||South Bend, Ind./Clay HS||Joe Szajko|
|Tyree Waller||S||6-1||215||Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln HS||Chris Westfall|
|Corey Willis||WR||5-10||170||Holland, Mich./Holland HS||Shawn McMannus/Lamanzer Williams
|Darrien Boone • QB • 6-2, 190 • Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan HS
Three-year starter at quarterback…a three-time all-conference and all-city selection…named all-area as a sophomore and junior…earned all-state honors after junior season…as a junior, led Fenger Academy to a conference championship and to the second round state and semifinals of city playoffs…became the only freshman quarterback in school history to lead his team to a city playoff berth…broke the schools record for all-purpose yards and most total touchdowns in a game and season…passed for 36 touchdowns and rushed for 10 as a junior…named Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Week twice as a freshman after throwing four and five touchdowns in back-to-back weeks…ran the 4x200 in track as a sophomore and lettered in basketball as a freshman…advanced to the city sectionals in the 4x200 relay and in the high jump…named principal scholar of HFHS…maintains a 4.0 GPA.
|Mark Chapman • WR • 6-0, 180 • Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner and starter at quarterback…team co-captain in 2012…ranked No. 9 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 18 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…2012 Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and Metro PCS Mr. Football…named team MVP, MAC Conference MVP, and won the Prep Kickoff Classic Outstanding Player Award…member of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Dream Teams…honored on AP Division 1-2 All-State First Team…two-time First Team All-MAC White 2012 and MAC Blue 2011 selection…also earned honorable mention recognition as a sophomore…led team to three consecutive playoff appearances…won a MAC White Championship in 2012…guided team to a school record 10 wins and a MAC Blue and District Championships in 2011…in 2012, rushed for 1,554 yards (8.7 avg.) and 25 touchdowns, completed 71-of-133 passes for 989 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception…totaled 5,033 yards for his career (3,035 rushing, 1,722 passing)…averaged 10.1 yards per carry with 44 rushing and 15 passing touchdowns…holds the single season school record for rushing yards (3,035), points in a season (150), and yards per rush (11.8 in 2011) and career record for points (363)…possesses a 3.75 GPA…four years all-academic in football, basketball, and track…member of the National Honor Society…winner of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award…also earned four letters in track & field, two in basketball, and one in powerlifting…brother, Jarret, and cousin, Winslow, are current members of the CMU football team.
|Eric Cooper • WR • 5-11, 177 • Flint, Mich./Beecher HS
Three-year letterwinner and starter….played wide receiver, defensive back, and returned kicks…ranked No. 37 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…in 2012, named First Team All-Genesee Area Conference as a wide receiver and all-state as a defensive back…honored on 2012 Flint Journal Dream Team…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game…earned first team all-conference honors as junior and second team recognition as a sophomore (WR)…led the Buccaneers to a conference, district, and regional championship during his career…totaled 51 receptions for 987 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012…also recorded seven interceptions on defense…tallied 109 receptions for 2,051 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions for his career…also lettered four years in basketball and three years in track & field…earned all-conference honors in the long jump, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay…received all-state recognition in the long jump and 4x200 relay.
|Matt Cotiguala • P/K • 5-10, 180 • LaGrange, Ill./College of Dupage
Has three years of eligibility remaining after transferring from the College of DuPage in Illinois…recognized with all-conference honors as a punter/kicker on 9-2 team in 2012…averaged 42.7 yards per punt and converted on 5-of-8 field goals attempts…had a perfect 4.0 GPA and made the Dean’s List…started two varsity seasons at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill….as a senior, averaged 44.2 yards per punt and registered 56 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs...named all-conference, helping LTHS to a West Suburban Conference championship and the third round of the playoffs…also lettered in tennis one year.
|Alex Coty • OL • 6-4, 280 • South Bend, Ind./Clay HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner…played defensive end and tight end at Clay HS…totaled 30 catches for 250 yards and eight touchdowns…led Colonials to a sectional runner-up finish in 2010…ranked as the No. 38 prospect in Indiana by 24/7 sports…also played two years of baseball.
|Josh Cox • DB • 5-11, 195 • Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate HS
Four-year letterwinner and three-year varsity starter…ranked No. 33 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…named All-Catholic and All-Macomb County…earned All-State Honorable Mention recognition…selected to play in Michigan High School Football East-West All-Star game…recorded 169 tackles and had five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 2012…set two school records, returning an interception 104 yards for a touchdown and had 23 tackles in one game…played for former Chippewa Paul Verska at De La Salle Collegiate.
|Zach Crouch • TE • 6-5, 230 • Lowell, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS
Two-year varsity starter at tight end and defensive end… ranked No. 30 on Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 38 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…No. 66-ranked tight end nationally in 2013 (24/7 Sports)…No. 40 on 2013 24/7 Sports Top Michigan Recruits list…No. 37 on Scout.com’s Michigan Preseason State Rankings…No. 10 on Lake Michigan Football Report Top 25 College Prospects list…No. 52-ranked tight end nationally by ESPN…named to D-Zone All-West Michigan Football Team and All-Michigan Offensive Team…recognized on 2013 MLive.com West Michigan Dream Team (Offense, Second Team)…earned all-conference honors at tight end and defensive end in 2011…led GRCHS to a 13-1 record and the Michigan Division 3 State Championship in 2012…team ranked third nationally by Max Preps (medium schools)…team named to 8th annual Max Prep Tour of Champions…caught 13 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns in 2012…on defense, recorded 28 tackles, including seven for loss, and 2.5 sacks…helped the Eagles track & field team win a state championship in 2012, competing in the discus, 200-meters, and 4x200 relay…owns a 3.25 GPA.
|Austin Doan • OL • 6-4, 290 • Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS
Three-year varsity starter…played on offensive and defensive lines and as a punter…ranked No. 45 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 48 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…named to AP All-State First Team (Division 1-2)…recognized on Detroit News and Free Press All-Metro East First Team…earned first team all-county and all-conference honors in 2012…voted team Most Valuable Player...selected to play in MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game…totaled 23 tackles, two quarterback hurries, and two passes defensed in 2012…punted 35 times for 1,345 (38.4 avg.) with a long of 65 yards, placing two inside the 200-yard line…led the Bulldogs to a MAC Red Championship in 2010 and the playoffs from 2010-12, advancing to districts in 2010 and 2011…also lettered one year in basketball and track & field…possesses a 3.75 GPA…member of the National Honor Society…earned All-Academic honors in three sports…attended the same high school as 2012 CMU recruit, linebacker Joe Bacci.
|Derek Edwards • OL • 6-5, 275 • Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS
Three-year varsity starter…started as a sophomore at Novi HS before transferring to DCC for junior and senior seasons…played right guard and right tackle…senior captain…ranked No. 16 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 26 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…ranked No. 78 nationally at position by Scout.com…named first team all-state, All-Metro Detroit North, all-area, and All-Catholic League…honored as team offensive lineman MVP…recognized as Midwest top performer by Rivals.com…won a Catholic League championship and finished as a state runner-up in 2011…led the Shamrocks to a Catholic League and state championship runner-up finish in 2012…named a KLAA Scholar Athlete...attended the same high school as current CMU tight end Mike Kinville.
|Jack Ford • OL • 6-6, 280 • Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS
Two-year starter, playing on the offensive and defensive lines…ranked No. 42 on Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 44 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…ranked No. 28 in the state by Rivals.com and No. 41 by 24/7 Sports…Lake Michigan Football Report No. 2 recruit…listed as No. 37 recruit in Michigan by ESPN…named to Cadillac News Dream Team and Big North Conference Second Team in 2011…honored on Cadillac News Dream Team and Big North Conference First Team in 2012...also earned AP All-State honorable mention recognition and First Team Detroit Free Press and Traverse City Record Eagle Regional honors…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game...led the Vikings to a playoff appearance…CHS finished No. 6 in Lake Michigan Football Report rankings…made 35 tackles, including six for a loss, with one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in 2012…earned two varsity letters in track & field, serving as team captain as senior…selected Second Team Big North Conference in 2011…carries a 3.3 GPA.
|Gary Jones • ATH • 6-2, 200 • Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS
Three-year letterwinner…played running back, wide receiver, and defensive back… ranked No. 41 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive.com Dream Team selection as an all-purpose player…three-time All-Wolverine Conference honoree…named all-county by the Allegan County News…three-time offensive team MVP…caught 36 passes for 873 yards (24.3/catch) and eight touchdowns, and rushed 25 times for 177 yards and two scores in 2012…also returned nine kickoffs for 302 yards (33.6/return) and one touchdown… made 49 tackles as a defensive back, forced three fumbles and intercepted three passes…returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown, setting a Wolverine Conference record…also earned four letters in track & field and two in basketball…track team captain…four-year team MVP...selected MVP of conference track meet…state champion in the 200-meter dash as a sophomore…set school record in 100-meter dash (10.5 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.5 seconds)…set the freshman long jump and high jump records …named all-county in basketball…honor roll student.
|Chris Kantzavelos • DE • 6-3, 265 • Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter…played tight end and defensive end…ranked as No. 73 overall recruit in the state of Illinois by MaxPreps…named to MaxPreps 2012 Illinois Preseason All-State Team…honored on EdgyTim.com (Rivals) All-State defensive team…earned All-Upstate Eight Valley and Courier-News All-Area First Team honors as a junior and senior…won conference championships in 2010 and 2011…helped lead the Hawks to three playoff appearances, advancing to the second round in 2010 and 2012…recorded 43 tackles, 18 quarterback hurries, 12 sacks, six passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 2012…possesses a 3.2 GPA.
|Donny Kyre • DE • 6-2, 250 • Olivet, Mich./Olivet HS
Four-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense…team captain as a senior…ranked No. 39 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…ranked No. 28 in Michigan Preps Class of 2013…voted most valuable defensive lineman and most improved player as freshman…named All-KVA, Battle Creek Enquirer All-Area Team, and Detroit Free Press Division 5 All-State Defense in 2011 and 2012…selected defensive and offensive MVP as a junior and senior…honored on 2012 Lansing State Journal Dream Team (offense) and AP Division 5 All-State (defense)…member of the Michigan High School All-Star Football Game Team West…led the Eagles to playoff appearances all four years…in 2010-11, won a district, regional, and semifinal championships and team finished as Division 5 runner-up…totaled 84 tackles, including 52 solos, 12.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries in 2012…ended career with 240 total tackles (147 solos and 36 for a loss)…state powerlifting champion as a freshman…also a four-year letterwinner in track & field, earning All-KVA honors in 2011-12…most valuable shot put for the 2011-12 season…recognized multiple times on academic honor roll…carries a 3.3 GPA.
|Derrick Nash • RB • 5-10, 195 • Saginaw, Mich./Carrollton HS
Three-year letterwinner…ranked No. 43 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 57 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…named The Saginaw News Offensive Player of the Year and to its Dream Team…earned First Team All-Tri-Valley honors…selected to the AP Division 5-6 All-State football team… selected to play in Michigan High School Football East-West All-Star game…led the Cavaliers to the playoffs in 2012…rushed for 1,934 yards and 34 total touchdowns…averaged 9.6 yards per rush in 2012…also had 211 yards receiving and a kick and punt return for a touchdown…broke the school record for most yards and touchdowns in a season…rushed for 768 yards as a junior…received first team all-conference honors in the 100 meters on CHS Track & Field team…owns a 3.56 GPA.
|Joe Ostman • LB • 6-3, 235 • St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS
Four-year letterwinner… played linebacker and tight end…ranked No. 32 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 51 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…selected to the AP Division 7-8 All-State football team…named a first team linebacker by the Detroit Free Press and to the All-U.P. Dream Team…honored as Ski Valley Conference North Defensive and Conference Player of the Year…named First Team Ski Valley Conference North and all-area as a linebacker and tight end…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game...led the Saints to a conference championship and advanced to the state semifinals in junior and senior seasons…as a senior, recorded 145 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery as well as 38 receptions for 638 yards and nine touchdowns…totaled 444 career tackles, 16 sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries…had 76 career receptions for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns…also lettered four years in wrestling and track & field…a two-time state wrestling champion...owns the school record for consecutive wins (127), wins in a season (57), and career win percentage (93%)…three-time U.P. champion and four-time conference champion…maintains a 3.8 GPA.
|Jeff Perry • DB • 6-2, 227 • Morris, Ill./Morris HS
Three-year letterwinner…played linebacker/safety and running back…two-time all-conference and first team all-area honoree…all-state team defensive MVP…led the Redskins to the state finals in 2012, finishing as a runner-up…team was a conference runner-up and made a playoff appearance in 2011…won a conference championship in 2009 and 2010, going undefeated both seasons…totaled 91 tackles, three forced fumbles, two sacks, and one interception on defense and 679 rushing yards (7.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns (10 overall) on offense in 2012…three-year letterwinner in track & field…maintains a 5.47 GPA (weighted scale)...two-time academic all-state honoree…attended the same high school as current Chippewa offensive lineman Kevin Henry.
|J.P. Quinn • OL • 6-4, 270 • Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley HS
Two-year varsity starter…two-time Upstate 8 All-Conference First Team honoree…earned all-area honors…named to EdgyTim.com (Rivals) All-State team…led the Wildcats to a 12-1 record, a conference championship, and to the state semifinals in 2012…recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior…two-year varsity starter on NVHS lacrosse team…possesses a 3.0 GPA.
|Michael Steinhauer • DT • 6-3, 275 • Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea HS
Three-year varsity starter…ranked No. 26 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 50 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…member of Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team and All-Washtenaw County Dream Team…received AP Division 3-4 All-State Team Special Mention…earned First Team All-Southeastern Conference and all-league recognition…named to the East roster for the 2013 MHSAA All-Star Football Game…led the Bulldogs to SEC White Division championships in 2011 and 2012…in 2012, registered 74 tackles, including 12 for loss, seven sacks, one blocked field goal and returned two interceptions for touchdowns (58 and 22 yards)…started two years on basketball team…started two years on baseball team, earning all-league honors in 2012…helped team to district and regional championships…carries a 3.16 GPA.
|Wesley Thomas • WR • 6-0, 195 • South Bend, Ind./Clay HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner and starter…team captain as a senior…selected First Team All-North Indiana Conference and all-state in 2012…voted team MVP…named Second Team All-North Indiana Conference in 2011… led Colonials to a sectional runner-up finish in 2010…caught 48 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior…had 57 receptions for 955 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior...totaled 113 receptions, 1,714 yards, and 22 touchdowns for his career…two-year letterwinner in track & field…ran the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds.
|Tyree Waller • S • 6-1, 205 • Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln HS
Three-year varsity starter…played safety and wide receiver…team captain…ranked No. 47 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 56 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection…received all-state honorable mention from the Detroit News…member of All-Washtenaw County Dream Team…voted team MVP…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game...helped the Railsplitters go from a winless team to a playoff team and back-to-back winning seasons…in 2012, registered 53 tackles and two interceptions, taking one back for a touchdown, and had 874 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns…also saw spot duty at running back, rushing for 212 yards and three touchdowns…totaled 141 tackles and four sacks for career…three-year letterwinner in track & field, two-year captain, and two-year MVP…three-time All-Southeastern Conference…earned all-state honors as junior, finishing second in the state in the long jump (23’4”).
|Corey Willis • WR • 5-10, 170 • Holland, Mich./Holland HS
Two-year letterwinner…played quarterback and defensive back…ranked No. 13 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 40 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…named Ottawa/Kent Player of the Year and First Team All-OK Conference quarterback in 2011…earned First Team All-OK Conference running back honors in 2010 as a sophomore…helped lead the Dutch to the school’s first district championship…rushed for a school record 2,334 yards and 33 touchdowns and passed for 1,100 yards and threw for 10 in 2011…owns the school record for touchdowns in a game (6) and longest kickoff return for a touchdown (95 yards)…ranked second in the state in rushing yards in a season…had 42 tackles and five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown as a junior…also lettered two years in track & field and basketball…named Ottawa/Kent County Track Athlete of the Year in 2011…finished as the state runner-up in the long jump (23’0’’)…placed seventh in the 110 meter hurdles final…owns the school record in the long jump (23’3”) and in the 110 meter high hurdles (14.5 seconds).